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Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – April 25, 2006
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“It’s the kind of book you look forward to reading before you go to bed, thinking you’re only going to read one chapter, and then you end up reading seven.”—Alan Ball, executive producer of True Blood
“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Charlaine Harris has vividly imagined telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse and her small-town Louisiana milieu, where humans, vampires, shapeshifters, and other sentient critters live...Her mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“The series continues to be inventive and funny with an engaging, smart, and sexy heroine.”—The Denver Post
“Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures.”—The Toronto Star
About the Author
- Publisher : Ace; later printing edition (April 25, 2006)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441013333
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441013333
- Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.81 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #69,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The four major parts of a Sookie Stackhouse novel include 1) World creation. New info on "Supes" or supernatural beings. Sometimes she introduces a new supernatural creature, while sometimes, she provides more detail on existing supernaturals. 2) Mystery. Strangulations. Abductions. Torture. Missing Persons. Shootings. Something to keep your attention if the rest of the book fails. 3) Romance. Boy Next Door, Rebound Boy, Amnesiac Lover. Take your pick. 4) Action. Sookie is always in the middle of the action, getting beat up, staked, shot and stabbed.
"Dead as a Doornail" starts out with a fairly uninteresting premise, and continues on with a fairly uninteresting story. A sniper is attacking the were community. Several people have ben shot, including Sam, and one has been killed. Oh, and then Sookie's house is burned down, and Sookie is saved by her fairy friends. The pirate/bartender vampire who Sookie is keeping at her house claims to have killed the guy who set the fire, but the guy doesn't really seem like the culprit.
The problem with this story besides being trite is that the story introduces two new characters (bartender and Tara's creepy boyfriend) who turn out to be the two new bad guys. Neither character had much time to develop, and you really had every reason to be suspicious of them. The other bad "gal" (the cook) was introduced in the previous book, and again little development. As the story develops, the cook is revealed to be an ex-stripper (gads! a reason not to like her) and the pirate doesn't turn into a legitimate love interest (why I have no idea) so we emotionally keep our distance from all of them.
The dual story (or sub plot if you prefer) in this book details the silly way that Were's decide who is packmaster. It's a silly Were olympics contest which in this case includes (GASP!) cheating! The character you root for is one you really don't know (another character's father) so you really aren't emotionally involved. Then Sookie's telepathy exposes the cheating. The twist comes when the revealing of the cheating results in things getting easier for the cheater, and requiring the final fight to be a fight to the death. This is somewhat nonsensical, but it makes things more interesting, especially when the only one you could root for is killed.
In the end, you have read several non-emotionally involved stories which might help set up future books to be more interesting. A necessary evil on the road from A to B.
This book is Sookie without much world building. This books is Sookie with a somewhat uninteresting mystery. This book is Sookie without any real romance. This book is Sookie with very little action.
This is a dull drab book with good old relatable Sookie. But dull and drab nonetheless.
It seems a new evil has once again come to town because there have been multiple people shot. With no leads and not much evidence everyone is wondering who this shooter could be. During all of this drama and attention from so many men, Sookie is now friend to the pack and so she attends first the burial of a very important were. It seems as though Sookie will never have time to rest for there is an upcoming ritual to determine who will be the new pack leader of the pack Alcide is part of. It is very competitive and ritualized and Sookie feels a little fear but also a little awe for seeing an event that takes place so rarely. Again, the book ends with Sookie a few seconds from death and a kiss with one of her many beaus.....I've enjoyed the book thoroughly.
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As a favor, Eric lends one of his bartenders Charles Twinning to Sam while he recovers from the accident. After the issue with the bar is settled, Sookie finds herself in another series of troubles before making any progress of clearing her brother's name.
Colonel Flood, the pack master of Shreveport, has passed away and Alcide gets her involved into the werewolves politics as his dad is bidding on becoming the new leader. On the other hand, private detectives sent by Debbie's family have come to Bon Temps to investigate her disappearance and Sookie is on top of their list of people to visit. However, the worst of all is that Sookie's house gets burnt down in the middle of the night and she barely manages to escape with the help of Claudine and Charles.
And to be even more unlucky, Sookie becomes a victim of the shooting but fortunately, she is only badly hurt. She has to put everything on hold except from helping Tara, with the assistance of Eric-Tara's been passed around two vampires and been abused by her vampire lovers. When she recovers, she and Sam set off to investigate and they finally find out who's been shooting the shifters in the area. However, there is an extra twist to the story. Though the shooter is caught, the assassin who's been trying to kill Sookie is still around and Sookie comes face-to-face with him. With the help of the gang at Merlotte, Sookie is saved.
The multiple storylines going at the same time makes it an enjoyable read. Charlaine also answers some of the questions I have from previous books. For example, back in book 1, we know Eric stacked Long Shadow. In human sense, if you kill somebody, you have to face the consequences. In this book, we know what price Eric has to pay for that. We also know a bit more about Tara-she's been put in the background in previous books. Charlaine also introduces some new characters such as Claude (Claudine's brother); Quinn and we also get to know more about the politics of the werewolves community. Overall, it has a good mix of all supernatural creatures in Sookie's world, not just vampires. There are many surprises in the story. For example, the way that the story is laid out, the sniper and the one who burnt down Sookie's house both turned out to be people that you would never have guessed.
Now, let me move on to Sookie's love life and she is indeed not short of opportunities and let me elaborate each potential one.
Alcide asks her to go and live with him in the beginning of the story which I am quite happy about. I do think Alcide is a suitable guy for him. However, he gets Sookie involved in the pack master contest where his father is also a candidate, as he hopes to use her ability to increase the chance for his dad to win, which did not turn out the way he preferred. I think in the end he kind of "blames her" which is not nice.
Sam still cares about Sookie as always. And since he gets shot in this book which makes him more vulnerable and they even kiss in the book. However, dating your boss is not a very good idea!!!
Calvin Norris, another guy who is not well in this book, is still very much interested in Sookie but his reason, I think is a bit weird. It seems all he wants is to have babies with her to "improve" the gene pool for his community-that just sounds a bit odd.
Quinn, a new shapeshifter introduced in this book shares a special moment with Sookie during the pack master contest. There is some kind of attraction between the two and we will see what will happen in the next book.
Bill is still the same apart from having a new girlfriend. And he brings her into Merlotte a couple of times-that sounds like showing off for me. It seems he still has feelings for her and refuses to move on. However, he cannot undo the damage he caused. He still wants to be there as part of Sookie's life and that's just annoying.
Eric has returned back to himself but I was really surprised that Sookie just spills the beans!! She told him "everything" of the time he was under the curse, including the fact that he has said he would give up everything to be with Sookie!! Well, this is one of the moments I would love to see on the TV series-just to see Eric's face!! Eric is very confused in this book and he's been giving wrong signals. On one hand, he does care about her but on the other hand, his pride makes him do the opposite.
Well, so far, no one in particular stands a good chance. We just have to see what the next book unfolds.
Lastly, but not the least, Charlaine put in a lot of humor in the story and let me give a few examples:
* Claude and Claudine and Dixon and Dixie as the names of the twin brother and sister
* In page 114, you will see the title of the book being used
* Charles, the ex-pirate vampire (with an eye patch) somehow reminds me of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of Caribbean
* We are introduced to Claude, Claudine's brother. Sookie describes him as having fair feature with surgically altered eyes so that they are no longer pointed. Somehow he reminds me of the "elves"
* The whole chapter of Eric visiting Sookie is her flat and their encounter with Mickey, Tara's abusive vampire lover is worth a second read. There are many funny comments and moments in this chapter (such as Eric's outfit, Eric speaking of Americanism, Sookie's fantasy) and I could not stop myself from laughing.
also the sookie/bill/eric situation gets more intense along with other loe interests in her life turning up alcide and new guy on sookie radar quinn and her boss sam, things are hotting up for her. lucky girl!!!! another great read with great familar characters as i had a break between finishing dead to the world and dead as a doornail but i fell back into the story and characters very quickly.
Still enjoyed the read but was hoping for a little bit more on this one.
You didn't seem to get the interaction between the charactures as much in this one aswell, but hey few more to go yet!